Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Widewater (07 February 2018)

Wednesday 07 February. Megan and I took Cookie for a walk at Widewater. The red-head Goosander was still present but not doing much and we also saw a Kingfisher and a pair of Stonechats.
Kingfisher at Widewater
tiny feet
Goosander at Widewater

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Horned Lark and Hawfinches (31 January-4 February 2018)

Sunday 4 February. DB, JK and I took advantage of a decent day and started at Capel just into Surrey off the A24. Here after some searching we saw at least 19 rather flighty and secretive Hawfinches and those of us with good ears heard a few more. Also 2 superb male Siskins. We returned to West Sussex seeing 3 Red Kites and a Dartford Warbler at Lavington, Dartford Warbler and 3 Ravens at Ambersham, Red Kite, Ravens and 9+ Hawfinches at Heyshot Down and Red Kite and a Marsh Harrier from Greatham Bridge. A nice day out.
Hawfinch at Capel, Surrey

Saturday 3 February. Cookie and I braved poor weather at Widewater seeing the red-head Goosander and a Kingfisher. Nothing was seen on the Adur.

Kingfisher at Widewater

Friday 2 February. Megan, Cookie and I walked a circuit from Chantry Hill to Lee Farm and back seeing Red Kite, 5 Red-legged Partridges, a singing Mistle Thrush, 34 Ravens (easily my best count) and 16 Corn Buntings.

Wednesday 31 January. I went up to Staines Reservoir (my fiorst visit in years) and saw the Horned Lark, initially in pouring rain. Although the South Basin was quite calm 4 Goldeneye were the only birds of note I saw on it. Later an adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Adur and a North Thames Herring Gull flew off before it could be read.

rather wet Horned Lark at Staines Reservoir

Mediterranean Gull, entrance stage left
Super Blue Blood Moon from our front door, behind a vewry thin layer of cloud and with little sign of any blood

Saturday, 3 February 2018

TRIP INDEX by year

TRIP INDEX – by year

The following lists chronological the foreign birding trips that I have done.  Also included are a few family trips. In time I hope to 'blog' them all, and those that have been done are shown in bold with a link. All the older blogs use scanned slides (or digitised prints of varying quality). Some of the slides have degraded badly with age. Some blogs use photos take by those I was with (they are easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine). Most blogs are heavily reliant on my unreliable memories. They were initially done to find a 'home' for my old boxes of slides which I had not looked at for years. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones - I’ve been very fortunate in having various like-minded friends, some sadly no longer with us, whom I have usually been able to travel with.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print taken with an instamatic).  One of my all-time top four birds.  Giant Pitta (1987), Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) and displaying Western Parotia (2013) are the others.
1974:  MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)

          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog

1977:  MOROCCO (April)

             KENYA (December-January 1978)

1978:  THAILAND (December-January 1979)

1979:  ISRAEL (March/April)

            CANARIES (June/July)

             NEPAL (November-January 1980)

1980:  CANADA (May)

            THAILAND (December-January 1981)

1982: MALAYSIA (January/February)

            THAILAND (February)

            NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek

          Everest Trek

          Langtang Trek

            INDIA (June/July)


           VENEZUELA (December-February 1983)

1983:  KENYA (July/August)

1984:  PERU (July/August)

            BOTSWANA (December-January 1985) 


1985:  COSTA RICA (July/August)

1986:  AUSTRALIA (March/April)

           ECUADOR: July/August 1986

1987:  MALAYSIA (July/August) 

1988: THAILAND (March/April)
          BRAZIL (July/August)

1989:  ICELAND (June)               

1990:  ARGENTINA (August)

1991:  SOUTH AFRICA (August)

1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi & Halmahera (August)

1993:  INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)

1995:  MADAGASCAR (August)

1996:  PHILIPPINES (April)

            NEW ZEALAND (August)   

1997:  VIETNAM (March/April)     

1998:  AUSTRALIA & NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)


1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)


2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)


           GAMBIA (November)

2002:  CHILE (April)

2003:  JAPAN (January)

           CAMEROON (April)

           PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)

2005:  TEXAS (Aprill)

           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)

2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)

2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April)          

2008:  PHILIPPINES (April)

           NAMIBIA (July/August)

2009:  VIETNAM (April)

          Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau

2010: CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen

          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)

          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

           UGANDA (June)
          Mbamba (Shoebill), Kibale (Green-breasted Pitta) & Bwindi (African Green Broadbill)

2011: ETHIOPIA (February)

          TAIWAN (April/May)

2012: TURKEY (June)


          Nemrut Dagi

          MALAYSIA Sarawak & Sabah (July/August)
          Kuching, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok and Mount Kinabalu

          FRANCE Somme (September)

2013: CORSICA (May)

          INDONESIA West Papua (August)

          FRANCE Normandie (September)

2014:  SPAIN Extremadura (April)

           COLOMBIA (July/August)
          FRANCE Brittany (September)

2015:  ECUADOR (January/February)
            ARIZONA (April/May)
            INDONESIA Lesser Sundas (August)
           FRANCE Somme (August/September)
           BRAZIL (September/October)

2016:  CALIFORNIA (January)

           MEXICO (February/March)
           NORWAY (May)
           FINLAND (May/June)
           JAPAN (June/July)
            FRANCE Somme (September)
           GHANA (October/November)

2017:  JAMIACA (February)

            TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (March)
           GUYANA (March/April)
           MONGOLIA (May)
           FRANCE Somme (September)
           Northern GREECE (October)
            BOLIVIA (November)

2018:  ECUADOR (February)